Medical publishing in a digital world: new world, new standards?

Authors: Paul Schoenhagen, Lorraine E. Ferris, Margaret A. Winker


Publishing standards of medical journals have evolved over decades and have been heavily influenced by the experience with print-based journals, which continue to be the gold standard for many aspects of medical publishing despite the increasing digitalization of all forms of communication (1,2). However, the entire publishing process (manuscript preparation, submission, review, revision, proofs, publishing) is now a digital one. This trend is also obvious in how journals are used.

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Posted by: Paul
Posted on: October 26, 2012 02:49 PM

The journal 'Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy' (Print ISSN: 2223-3652; Online ISSN: 2223-3660) accepts basic and clinical science submissions related to Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery. The mission of the journal is the rapid exchange of scientific information between clinicians and scientists worldwide. To reach this goal, the journal will focus on novel media, using a web-based, digital format in addition to traditional print-version. This includes on-line submission, review, publication, and distribution. The digital format will also allow submission of extensive supporting visual material, both images and video. The website will serve as the central hub and also allow posting of comments and on-line discussion. The web-site of the journal will be linked to a number of international web-sites (e.g., which will significantly expand the distribution of its contents.

With strong international contribution on all levels, the goal of this new journal is to become a globally respected source of up-to-date information about all aspects of Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy.


Posted by: Paul
Posted on: October 26, 2012 03:20 PM

interesting animated video commentary on the issue of open access for publication:

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